From Years of Olde:
How much Faire has changed . . . An e-mail from the 1st Faire
My husband, Jack (an early music prof here at the University of
Louisville), and Kate Bracher (now retired Whitman astronomer)
undertook the music and dance element of the day. Harper Joy
scheduled Shakespeare scenes in the amphitheater on Saturday. We
held period appropriate games and mock hand-to-hand battles. Dr.
King (history) provided a late 15th century church service in the
amphitheater the following morning.
Our merchants were underwritten, every last one
of them. The goods for the flower seller, the ribbon and basket
booth, etc. were purchased by me. The booth sellers were bribed to
dress up and sell the goods by offering each the profits. There were
trumpeters in Mem tower and a procession to the Faire grounds under
the trees in front of the library.
The food service director, Paul Harvey, cooked up
frumenty, offered fresh strawberries, cheese, and some other items
that now escape my memory serving them from long tables outside of
the Prentiss dining hall.
Early evening offered a concert in the
conservatory lobby where the pillars and balconies were merrily
festooned with flowers and ivy. That was capped with a bonfire on
the field using the wood from the old shed that we had hauled in for
Thanks for carrying on the tradition.